A witty, pop-fuelled musical packed full of sass, SIX remixes the history of the six wives of Henry VIII—Britain’s notorious Tudor King—as they take to the microphone to re-tell their stories and reclaim their ‘her-stories’, once and for all. Inspired by the canon of music divas Adele, Lily Allen and Ariana Grande, and with support from the SIX band Ladies in Waiting, the women transform from Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses as they tell their rebellious tales.
Loren Hunter is thrilled to be reprising the role of the loyal third wife, Jane Seymour, from the critically acclaimed Australian Premiere production of SIX the Musical, adding to her stellar musical theatre career, including roles in Strictly Ballroom the Musical and King Kong the Musical.
“I’ve always loved the choreographic component for SIX. It’s full of little detail that make such an impact. It feels so good to dance it every night. The rehearsals were what you expect a rehearsal to be, using the time to try new things, learn what’s on the page and making sure you’re seasoning it all with all that you are,” said Loren.
This new Australian production made a triumphant return to the Studio at Sydney Opera House in December 2021 where it completed a record breaking 15-week run, becoming the longest running show ever at the iconic venue.
“I think just seeing the view of an audience and being able to come back to SIX with a fresh perspective was not lost on me. I was so happy to be back,” added Loren.
Newcomer Chelsea Dawson takes on the role of the playful fifth wife, Katherine Howard, having made her professional debut in the recent production of Shrek the Musical. SIX was her debut professional musical theatre audition.
“The audition was full of fun, positive energy with everyone cheering each other on. I remember reminding myself to have fun and to be a generous spirit and I believe that’s why it is my favourite audition I’ve ever done. A week later, I got a call while I was in a tap class at university, saying I got the gig,” said Chelsea.
Female empowerment resonates throughout the show, portraying the message that ‘we are linked, not ranked’ as Gloria Steinem once said.
“When I was doing a lot of research on Katherine Howard and her fellow Queens, I had to constantly remind myself that our understanding of their past was documented most likely by educated men of that time. Not to undermine their recordings of history but what SIX does is bring that information back to life and through a female perspective. The audience wants to ‘listen up’ as we ‘change the prefix’ of these women’s stories by celebrating the women for who they are,” explained Chelsea.